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Blame it on Paris

(Bennett Sisters Series #7)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  39 reviews

When Francie Bennett, 4th in the line of lawyer/sisters, comes under serious allegations of wrongdoing at her law firm, she is mortified to learn she must take a leave of absence. Just a formality, they say, but she is sure this is the end of her reputation and her law career. Will she si
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published August 24th 2018 by Thalia Press
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Mar 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Andrea Stoeckel
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Memory was fluid, wasn’t it? You remember things the way you want to, to preserve your ego, to hide your shame.”

Francine, “Francie” Bennett, up and coming Associate at Ward & Bailee, isn’t giving it “her all”. Since her promotion to Assitant Managing Partner, she’s felt more like a babysitter than a mentor to the new recruits, and it’s draining her. It seems like she’s at a crossroads when a grievance is filed as a six degrees of separation request comes across her desk that leaves her baffled.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-challenge
Blame It On Paris is the seventh book in the Bennett Sisters Mysteries and it is just as phenomenal as the previous six. Taking you on a wild ride from Connecticut and all through the different towns in France, it leaves you enchanted.

This time the focus is on sister number four, Francine (Francie). She has just been promoted to a new position as an Assistant Managing Partner. Unfortunately, the role is not what she expected and she spends more time babysitting then mentoring new recruits. When
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Blame it on Paris is the seventh installment from Lise McClendon's series, Bennett Sisters Mysteries. And a great installment it is! I have read and enjoyed a few others in the series and this one does not disappoint. I loved getting to know sister Francie better in this one. I love how the author describes the setting. It made me feel as though I have traveled to the streets in France.
I enjoyed Francie's story in Blame it on Paris. I found it to be delightful, intriguing, and fun. The mystery
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Looks like I've gone on a spree,devouring books set in France. At the very mention of the word "Paris" I picked up the book without even reading the summary. Thankfully, that's a decision I didn't come to regret.

Francine Bennett, the fourth of the five super talent Bennette sister goes through an insanely rough patch in the office thanks to office politics and a very harmful accusation by a colleague. She is petrified by the prospect of taking mandatory leave until the issue is sorted out, all
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The newest Bennett Sisters book is another very enjoyable book in this series. I was hooked on the Bennett sisters from the first few pages of "Blackbird Fly" and my enthusiasm has not waned.
In this book we learn more about Francie, the 4th of the 5 lawyer-sisters. Francie is a woman with problems that are real-world: issues at work, an ex-husband (now dead) who still manages to interfere in her life, and a good heart that leads her to try to help an American student in Paris, even though her c
JM Spade
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I loved reading all about Francie's adventure in Paris. I listened to the audiobook and now am eager to hear the others in the series!

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another great Bennett Sisters adventure by Lise McClendon! Loved the story, the setting and the characters! The plot was amazing...mystery, intrigue and surprise twists. Definitely kept my attention! Ms. McClendon has such a gift for writing. I could easily picture the street scenes, the cafes and the prison she describes in the book. Loved getting to know Francie a bit better in this book. Can't wait for the next adventure!
Miss A
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I really enjoyed this book!

Francie was an amazing character, the passion, drive and strong will really stoke to me.

Having spent a lot of time around lawyers of all backgrounds, to find one did passionate about their cause of fit a short while is refreshing. The romance story that didn't become to full on is also a refreshing change.

All characters are very well written and the book a pure joy, thank you!
Lucrecia Tolbert
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book in the series and my first by the author. The book kept my attention from the very beginning until the very end. I believe that this book can be read as a standalone as I felt as if I did not need to have read all of the prior books in order to understand the characters and some of the previous adventures.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always I just loved this new book! It takes you to beautiful Paris with Merle and Pascal but we discover Francie even more as she is the principal in this book. Mysteries are still involved as always. I am already impatient for the next of the series! Hopefully another of the Benett sister to discover?!
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing offering from the masterful Lise McClendon! I loved that this was from the point of view of another Bennett sister! Full of intrigue, confusion and mystery, this book was a serious page turner! I loved it!
Sherry Hammond
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bennett Sisters

Loved this book. I loved the descriptions of Paris and made me feel I was there with the hustle bustle of the city. I binge read all the books and sad I have to wait for the next one. Love this series and can’t wait for the newest one this summer.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another mystery from the Bennett’s sister. Francine is going to Paris to help a a young student in jail for drugs accusations. Will she save him? Will she find love and happiness again? The audiobook is great. I received a free copy of this audiobook and I voluntarily review it
Julie Myers
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant as ever - feel like you are actually in Paris. Love reading about the antics of the Bennet family. Can't wait for the next instalment.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Each Bennett sisters’ book, I have a new favorite sister! Loved Francie’s story and the multiple plot threads in Blame It On Paris!

Also, love the look at the non-tourist side of Paris.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Blackbird Fly #1 - This is my first read by this author and it was not what I expected. A good story filled with plenty of storylines that did keep my interest. Merle has so much happen to her with the death of her husband; her discoveries are many and varied. I like that the characters are real and do not follow the stupidity formula so commonplace today. There are several mysteries ongoing and while you know some of the endings, there is more depth than expected. I did find too much wordiness ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
“Blame it on Paris” earns 5/5 Croissants, Espresso…Engaging Fun!

The word “Paris” got me joining in, but it is Lise McClendon’s well-written story, well-developed characters, and engaging banter that kept me turning the pages. Francine Bennett, one of five Bennett sisters and a twenty-year veteran lawyer with Ward and Bailey, Esq., has been dealing with frustrating office politics, sudden illness of a named partner, and a disturbing “he said/she said” accusation that has facilitated a leave of ab
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blame it on Paris sees us back in France with Merle Bennett and one of her sisters, Francie, and this time it is Francie who gets most of the main action. Following an accusation at the law firm in the US where she works, she finds herself with enough time on her hands to investigate the case of a forgotten American, imprisoned in Paris on drug charges. Paris, an investigation to solve and a hint at romance; I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this book.

Strange and often dangerous situations seem
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery, adventure / romance fans
Recommended to Molly by: Booksprout
As Francie says, we're starving for love, justice, connection, purpose: for whatever makes us whole.

She finds which pieces feel like they are missing from her life, and might have found things to fill some of those holes.

Seeking justice for a young man who was a bit fuzzy and just needed some help and direction while she was suffering from her own efficiency in writing very thorough sexual harassment policies that provided for a great deal of protection for the accusers, and little defense for
Fran Byrnes-O'Leary
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
My first Bennett sister's book was "Blackbird Fly" it is such a great book I immediately purchased all "The Bennett Sisters Mysteries." Then I binge read the series and purchased the three additional books featuring (the man of any woman's dreams), Pasquale. I love that authors are finally writing books about older women who are actually living their lives not sitting home whining because the kids don't visit. I had not read anything by Lise McClendon previously she is a great writer I get lost ...more
Suzanne Perry
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had to listen to this book a couple of times before I could get into the story. I don’t know how much of that was the narrator and how much was just life being extra crazy right now. Once I was able to get into it I definitely enjoyed the story. I feel the narrator did an excellent with the French in this book. Her voice is very far from being the worst I’ve ever listened to as a narrator, but seems to lack the energy and inflection I find to be prevalent in my favorite narrators. If given an ...more
Danielle Carpenter
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read in this series and the story by itself can standalone. The book gets off to a really good start, but the story starts to drag when we get to France. These two are too old to play the silly games of romance, but it seems that they do. Dylan didn't hold up to be a really great guy for Francie. This caused a big disappointment in me. I think the author could have done better with Dylan's character. When this story ends, there is no real HEA and there is no real defi ...more
Amanda Urbinato
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! I almost never pick up a book that is number 7 in a series without reading/listening to the earlier books. But I wasn't confused at all. Whenever earlier books were mentioned, it made me want to read the rest of them. I also really enjoyed this narrator. She kind of sounded like a really nice middle school teacher or something like that. I hope I can find more of them! <3

This book was given to me at my request. I am providing a voluntary review.
Crissy Holland
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a mystery and to enjoy the characters you need to read the other books first. I haven’t, so it was difficult to get into the story and really enjoy the characters. It wasn’t much of a romance, focuses on the sisters and law cases. Not usually my genre but it was clean. Took a while to get through it, a bit long for what I usually enjoy. The narrator did a good job with French words and accents.
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a credit to review this book. Here is my honest review. This is book 7 in the Bennett Sister mysteries and although there are references to the past in this book, it is nothing more than had it been a stand alone book recalling a past incident. That said this book is like a short visit to Paris, the scenery, the weather, the food, and a mystery what more could you ask for? It was a well written story, narrated very well and I would recommend this book
Jan Miller
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lisa McClendon is wonderful painting vivid pictures with her words. I so enjoy the Bennett Sisters Mysteries. This book is the 7th in the series, yet a standalone listen. The sisters are endearing characters. This book focus is around Francie and pseudo client. The mystery was well done and the descriptions perfect. Denice Stradling was wonderful conveying the authors words. She brought the characters to life.
D Marie
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm new to this genre, but this is a good book. I didn't like Francie, at first, but she grew on me. Merle and Pascal are sweethearts and really supported her. I'm glad I got a view of Paris that the locals see. It was refreshing to read a book that didn't focus on the tourist areas.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Crime in Paris

The Paris setting and the alleged crime of a young American man were well written. Finding out that the true criminal was a member of the police department was interesting. I enjoyed all the references to sites in Paris. A true revelation for francophile. This is the first book by the writer I have read. I enjoyed it so much I will be reading more by the author.
Lovell Grant
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good writing but needed more humor and suspense
Captivating and real life situations. OK book,lacking in a lot of areas

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Lise McClendon is a fiction writer living in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. She has been a film reviewer, a film maker, a journalism professor, and a PR flack. Since her first novel, The Bluejay Shaman, in 1994, she has served on the national board of Mystery Writers of America and the International Association of Crime Writers/North America, as well as on faculty of the Jackson Hole Writers Conf ...more

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Bennett Sisters Series (9 books)
  • Blackbird Fly
  • The Girl in the Empty Dress (Bennett Sisters Book 2)
  • Give Him The Ooh-la-la (Bennett Sisters #3)
  • The Things We Said Today (The Bennett Sisters Mysteries Book 4)
  • The Frenchman (Bennett Sisters Mysteries Book 5)
  • Odette and the Great Fear (Bennett Sisters #6)
  • A Bolt from the Blue (Bennett Sisters Mysteries, #9)
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